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Bunny Mum has been an active member in a local parenting forum. Lately there are a lot of posts about consuming supplements pre and during pregnancy as well as supplements for the babies/toddlers. A friend of mine has been asking questions about maternal milk and pregnancy supplements as his wife is pregnant.

I am never a believer nor supporter of supplements. Nothing better than nutrient in its natural form. I met a lady who kind of relying on supplements in her day-to-day nutrients intake. She eats very little during her meal time and mostly vegetables only in order to keep slim. After every meal, she will pop all sorts of pills and powders (protein, calcium, multi-vit, lingzhi, etc) to achieve balanced diet. I got shocked in my life after witnessing that. And yes, she is super skinny and she calls herself being “healthy” and she has been going round preaching about her optimal diet plan.

We might be busy at work and have no time to cook BUT there are many food options  for us to choose from which will give us a more balanced diets. On days where we have “economy rice” as lunch, we can opt for 2 portion of vegetables, 1 portion of meat (steam/stir fried instead of deep-fried) and perhaps plus a tofu in egg sauce. Won’t this combination be better than having McD as lunch and obtain the required nutrients thru popping pills in order to achieve the so-called “balanced diet” ?

As for pregnant mummies, I have noticed 2 very popular phenomenons:

1) mummy eating unhealthy food with the thought that she can sourced the required nutrients thru the supplements;and

2) mummy popping all sort of supplements with the hope of “the more the better” for the baby and ends up putting on unnecessary weights on herself of which it will harm the pregnancy.

I also noticed that lots of parents are moving toward feeding their kids with supplements. Again, why is there such a need? Providing our kids with fresh food is definitely a better option. If we really love our kids, we definitely want the best for them. If so, why can’t we provide proper diet to our kids and have to depend on supplements? If you have already done so, that’s great and that’s all they need.  Stop feeling kiasu and stop believing in “the more the better”.  Over doing anything is never a good thing.

Conclusion

Eating in accordance to the food pyramid should be the way to go unless you have a strong reason of not having certain type of food thus you need to supplement it with pills. Do not just believe the advertisement or the sales personnel. They are meant to entice you believing in their products as they are paid to do so. Do your own research and read up those unbiased comments/advice and medical journal/research (not those sponsored by the supplements manufacturer). Be a smart and informed consumer.

Ingredients

4 eggs
1.5 cups vegetable oil
3/4 cups organic raw cane sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups organic unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 cups grated carrots

(optional but not recommended for baby below 18 mths : 1 cup grated pecans, 1 tsp cinammon)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a muffin.
2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla extract.
3. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt (optional: cinnamon)
4. Stir in carrots. (optional : pecans)
5. Pour into prepared muffin tray.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15  minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean.

Almost every couple have their song and same goes to Bunny Dad and Bunny Mum. Our song is The Gift by Jim Brickman. This song came to us when we were searching high and low for our wedding song.

We wanted a song that tells our story and our feelings toward each other. Both of us went through some hardships in our previous relationship and were hurt by the other party terribly – especially Bunny Mum. Most love songs are either too lovey dovey or too much of sob stories of which it will not be appropriate to describe our love story. One day while going through some old CDs, I found this beautiful song and it seems like it was written especially for us! Since then, Bunny Mum has been using this song as ringtone.

Since WordPress doesn’t allow audio on the Home page, Bunny Dad insisted Bunny Mum to put up a post on this special song as the song is part of our love story and must feature in this blog.

The Gift by Jim Brickman & Anne Cochran

Winter snow is falling down
Children laughing all around
Lights are turning on
Like a fairy tale come true

Sitting by the fire we made
You’re the answer when I prayed
I would find someone
And baby I found you

All I want is to hold you forever
All I need is you more every day
You saved my heart
From being broken apart
You gave your love away
And I’m thankful every day
For the gift

Watching as you softly sleep
What I’d give if I could keep
Just this moment
If only time stood still

But the colors fade away
And the years will make us grey
But baby in my eyes
You’ll still be beautiful

All I want is to hold you forever
All I need is you more every day
You saved my heart
From being broken apart
You gave your love away
And I’m thankful every day
For the gift

All I want is to hold you forever
All I need is you more every day
You saved my heart
From being broken apart
You gave your love away
I can’t find the words to say
That I’m thankful every day
For the gift

As mentioned in the previous post, Bunny Gal has been demanding for her freedom whenever we are out. She is a cautious (a.k.a. kiasi)  toddler where she will only start moving/cruising around after she has familiarised with the place else she will just hug us like a koala.

So far, we have allowed her to walk around w/o harness at BSC Concourse, Garden Club Lounge and playground opposite Bunny Gong Gong’s house. She always has great time at the playround till she was smiling and kept calling “Gor Gor..Jie Jie..” (her playmates at the playground) in her dream. Bunny Gong Gong had captured some photos of her happy moments. She also had great time at BSC and the two guards on duty were playing hide and seek with her.

Running back & forth at BSC Concourse

Nowadays Bunny Dad and Bunny Mum will also set her free from stroller but with harness on at children department such as Robinson, Isetan and U Parkson where the environemnt is kids friendly, less crowded and more spacious for her to move around. Once she is on her feet, she will happily walking around, looking at clothings/shoes, playing with toys and even checking out the price tag! The only headache Bunny Dad faced is that Bunny Gal will only walk on her own pace and not his. She will insist to stay on at the same place for a long while slowly checking out what she is interested in. If we ever ask her move on, she will get really upset and show us her “i-am-gonna-cry” look.

Busy shopping at Isetan Garden

Bunny Gal has been demanding to be set free from stroller so that she can walk freely whenever we are out. This is rather dangerous as she could be potentially run into others or worse, a shopping cart! Also, there are lots of “opportunist”  around who might just grab her away. Just the thought of her being hurt or kidnap alone already fear both Bunny Mum and Bunny Dad off! However, it’s not fair to take away Bunny Gal’s freedom of walking around for the sake of their fear. Controlled freedom of walking/running seems to be the way to go but will definitely nneed to drill down on the practicality of actual implementation.

Bunny Mum is not very keen in using a walking harness especially after listening to a radio show couple of months back describing the walking harness as dog leash. After considering the pros and cons of using walking harness vs not giving Bunny Gal the freedom to walk in public area,  Bunny Mum finally came to term with the purchase/use of walking harness especially after numerous reminders from Bunny Gong Gong and Bunny Po Po.

Bunny Mum and Bunny Dad have spent few weekends to hunt for a nice walking harness and managed to find 3 options as follows. Bunny Dad insisted of getting one that he likes since he will be using it together with Bunny Gal most of the time.

Bumble Bee 2-in-1 Safety Harness (Retail Price RM60+ but sales price can go as low as RM39+)
It has various animal backpack to choose from, eg butterfly, bear, cow, monkey.

Mothercare Harness (Retail Price  RM59)
This basic harness comes in blue and pink BUT it really looks like the one Jolly (my brother’s dog) is using currently.

Munchkin Bear-with-me Harness & Handstrap (Retail Price RM89.90)
The harness has a cute little bear to hug and cuddle, with a small pocket infront to hold small toys.

After due consideration, we fixed our mind on the Munchkin Bearn-with-me harness for the following reasons:

  • It will give an appearance as babywearing a baby bear instead of a typical harness with the strips on the chest.
  • It also comes with a handstrap where it can be used when Bunny Gal is older and outgrown the waist strap.
  • The little bear can serve as a protective cushion should Bunny Gal runs into something hard like shopping cart or falls down.

Bunny Gal is definitely very satisfied with Munchkin! Bunny Dad too!

Ingredients

100g cream cheese
300ml whipping cream (whipped)
250g durian puree
1 tbsp sugar

Method

1. Beat the cream cheese + sugar on a medium speed till smooth
2. Fold in whipped cream and durian puree, alternatively
3. Pour it into freeze-safe container with cover.
4. Adjust freezer temperature to Level 1 and freeze it. Alternatively, you may place it at the Chilled Room to avoid over freezing.

Ingredients

100g Cod fillet (cut into small pieces)*
Baby carrots (diced)
Sweet peas (“skin” removed)
1 tablespoon unbleached organic flour
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
300ml full cream milk
1 medium US potato (peeled and diced)
Pinch of dried rosemary, to taste (optional)

* may replaced with other white fish
** may add small amount of onion & celery too

Method
1. Saute carrot for 3 minutes over medium heat
2. Stir in the flour and slowly blend in 200ml milk. Stir constantly to avoid lumps.
3. Add the potato an bring to a boil.
4. Reduce low heat and simmer (uncovered) for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
5. Add the fish and the remaining 100ml milk and cook for 10 minutes.

Ingredients

Salmon  (skin removed and cut in 1/2cm cube)
Sweet pea (skin removed)
2 tbsp rice (brown & white mix – uncooked)
1tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup chicken stock or plain water
2 tbsp Peter Rabbit Organic Mixed Vegetable Sauce or tomato paste
1 tbsp shreded cheddar cheese (optional)

Method

1. Stir fry salmon and sweet pea with mix vegetable sauce till cooked.
2. Add a small amount of chicken broth and simmer for 2 minutes.
3. In a pot, combine salmon, sweet pea broth and rice.
4. Season with herbs and pepper.
5. Simmer 20  minutes or till the rice is soften to the desired texture.
6. Stir in some cheese after remove from heat.

Ingredients

6 baby/cocktail potatos (cubed)
3 slices smoked bacon (cut into thin strips)
1/2 cup cheddar block cheese, grated
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup fresh milk
A pinch of black pepper and rosemary
3 tbsp olive oil

Method

1. Preheat oven to 175 °C.
2. Coat potatos with a thin layer of flour in a big bowl
3. Spinkle pepper and rosemary onto the potatos.
4. Pour into the pre-oil pan and spread out. Sprinkle the cheese & bacon strips onto the potatos
5. Drizzle the milk and oil over the potatos.
6. Bake for 30 minutes or until the surface is golden brown and the potatos is soft.

This is a family side dish – parents and kiddo can share it as snack too!

Ingredients

450g  butter or margarine
4 eggs
300g durian puree
2 tsp baking powder
200g organic raw cane sugar
450g organic unbleached multipurpose flour

Method

1. Cream butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs separately, beating well.
3. Add durian into mixture.
4. Fold in flour and baking powder.
5. Pour the batter into a loaf pan and bake pre-heated oven @ 150C for 40 minutes or until cooked.